Saturday, September 17, 2016

Destination: Office

Are corporate offices going extinct?

Workplace design strategy to make the office a desirable destination:

ZeroLandfill Atlanta 2016

Many thanks to everyone that came out to the IIDA 2016 Zero Landfill dual weekend event in August. Our tally was 44,886 lbs. for OUR FIRST WEEKEND. This compares to a total for ALL of last year of 34,800 lbs.  In addition to letting us overtake their warehouse (while they are getting ready to renovate), Dal-Tile generously added to their donation of last year increasing their tile donation to almost 16,000 lbs. this year!  Many thanks to Wilsonart for our breakfast and dinner at the event. 

Be sure to follow the event on facebook!

Friday, August 19, 2016

J+J Flooring Group - What is Kinetex?


Many thanks to J+J Flooring Group for hosting our IIDA Board Retreat this month! It was great to be able to tour their factory and learn about their products.

One of their most recent innovations is Kinetex Flooring. If you haven't seen this product, you have to check it out!

"Kinetex is an advanced textile composite flooring that combines key attributes of soft-surface floor covering with the long-wearing performance characteristic of hard-surface flooring."
The key to its high-performance capabilities lies within the way it is constructed. Each layer works together to create a product with parallel qualities to those of hard-surface materials.

Where to use?  Anywhere you'd use a hard-surface material!  Healthcare, Education, Retail, Hospitality, Corporate, Transportation - just to name a few.  It's also as recyclable as an aluminum can.  With a lower mass, Kinetex has a 50% lower environmental impact compared to other commercial floorings.
Bryanna Stewart
Sustainability Forum Rep 2016-2017
IIDA Georgia Chapter

Friday, May 20, 2016

Creative Balance in Corporate Graphic Design

Thoughts on graphic design for merchandising to potentially consider when branding corporate interior spaces!

Creative Leadership | Ideo's CEO, Tim Brown

Creative leadership is the only way for businesses to thrive in the face of rapid change, Tim Brown argues. Here's how to master it.

Harvard Graduate School of Design: The Trays

The Graduate School of Design’s tiered, open spaces fire the imagination.
Before Gund Hall was built in 1972, the Harvard Graduate School of Design was scattered across five separate buildings. Architect John Andrews M.Arch. ’58 brought the school together under one roof. At the heart of the new construction was “the trays,” an enormous multi-tiered studio space.


Find inspiration in their light-filled, tray-inspired spaces here:

NeoCon: Design That Engages | June 13, 14, 15

Heading to NeoCon?  Check out these features you don't want to miss:  events leading up to and during the show!

Friday, April 15, 2016

12 of the Best Workplace Designs in Austrailia

Check out a few very cool work spaces!  Australian Interior Design Award shortlisted projects have been announced. 12 are showcased here:

The Future of Retail: How We Shop


Will traditional brick-and-mortar shops become a thing of the past?

Check out this article about the future of retail:

Knoll Project Case Study: Healthcare

St. Francis Cancer Center

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System of Greenville, South Carolina built its out-patient cancer facility to offer patients comprehensive care – from diagnostics to treatment – in a space designed just for them. This state-of-the-art destination not only supports patients, but also serves as a community center for family members and caregivers to gather. St. Francis focused on patient comfort, a serene ambiance and efficient staff workspaces, while using sustainable materials to create a lasting look. They chose architectural firm McMillan Pazdan Smith and Knoll, along with interior space provider CBI, to bring their vision into reality.


Read more about concepts behind these patient, family and staff-focused spaces and the Knoll furniture that supports healing and positive work:

2016 IIDA Industry Roundtable: Design & Diversity

The annual IIDA Industry Roundtable brings together a select group of IIDA Industry and Designer Members for a facilitated session to discuss issues facing all partners working in the profession of Interior Design.  Held in Chicago each year, the Industry Roundtable has become an invaluable "brain trust" session for manufacturers and a quality opportunity for designers to exchange dialogue on issues addressing the built environment.

For the 2016 Report, entitled Design & Diversity, IIDA convened a group of design experts to discuss why gender, equity, and multidisciplinary thinking are essential to business. This report outlines our initial findings and establishes the IIDA Diversity Council’s goals for diversity in the Interior Design profession.

The report studies levels of diversity found in the Interior Design industry today, realizing that we're not as diverse as we think we are.  For example, 69% of the 87,000 practitioners in the US today are women; only 25% of whom can be found in firm leadership.

To read more about the actions we can take to turn the wheel on an organizational level, take a look at the entire report:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

50 Ways to go Green for Earth Day

Earth Day will be here before you know it!  On April 22, make a plan to go green at home.  Check out these 50 tips for helping the planet every day:

New York City's Fulton Center is first subway station to get LEED rating

LEED just granted New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) a LEED Silver certification for Fulton Center station!

The Greening of Hospitality

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its LEED in Motion: Hospitality report, which showcases tremendous industry growth in green building and defines the scale up opportunities for the hospitality sector. More than 109 million square feet of hotel space is currently LEED certified, and the report highlights some of the most impressive LEED-certified hotels throughout the world.


THE SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COLLABORATIVE is a volunteer driven organization with members representing eight diverse building community organizations. Each member is a sustainable-minded professional. The Collaborative group is connected by a desire to provide professional design services to the 99% of the human race that does not normally have the opportunity to fund these types of services. They began in 2010 and complete one pro-bono project each year. Each of their organizations is represented at the annual Red and Green Scene Holiday Fundraising event. Currently, this event provides all of their funding.
SDCA 2015 involved Hagar Civilization Training Missionary, Inc. (HCTM).  HCTM is a 501( C )(3) nonprofit community, housing, and economic development organization. Their building is situated adjacent to major thoroughfares, the Marta  Station, and retail/service amenities. HCTM sits in the heart of Atlanta’s historic civil rights movement and at the epicenter of African Americans' former economic greatness.

As such, HCTM adopted a mission to revitalize, and restore the area's former historic, economic, and cultural heritage. At the same time, the organization embraces a vision of transporting the area and its residents into the economically, culturally, and technologically based 21st Century.

The organization is situated in the heart of Vine City and English Avenues, in the City of Atlanta’s historic District. The area is the home of the Civil Rights movement, and it is the heart of the fight for justice by the most powerful nonviolent social advocate of the twentieth century, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The organization also sits adjacent to the historically black colleges and universities of the Atlanta University Center complex.

HCTM made  significant  improvements  to the transit  pedestrian  corridor and  street elevation  at the  intersection of  Joseph E. Lowery  Boulevard and  Martin L. King,  Jr. Drive in  Atlanta.

This location in Atlanta (above) used to be the home of  one of the largest private African American hair and skin care producers in the United States,  Bronner Bros. Enterprise. They have since moved from this site and it has been converted by HCTM into a beautiful headquarters space, a Walk-By Museum, and an incubator for small businesses.

This building (above), formerly the home of the Bronner Bros business mentioned above, is now the current home of HCTM. It has been transformed into a Virtual Walk-by Museum by HCTM's leaders and it is also serves as a hub for businesses in the area.

To learn more about how you can support SDCA, visit their website at

Friday, February 19, 2016

Product Spotlight: Pop-Up Power

Need more power?

Going Green Globally

Global green building expected to double by 2018

The Greenhouse that Grows Legs

Cool design by Bat Studio:

The Best Architecture of 2016 So Far...

Arch Daily recently announced the winners of its 2016 Building of the Year Awards

More Than Just Medicine

Architecture students design clinics for Kenya:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ken Fulk Designs Sadelle’s, His First New York Restaurant

This NY deli's dining experience is referred to as bagel theater!

The Toms Experience

For brands like Tom's, it's all about the experience.  Check out their "creative space" here:

Wingtip's Community Approach to Retail

Wingtip founder and CEO Ami Arad spoke at PSFK’s Future of Retail 2016 SF event about how to create a community of your best clientele, and reward them on an ongoing basis:

Friday, January 8, 2016

America's Greenest College Town

DC's campuses come together for sustainability:

Green Materials: Six Sustainable Coverings from NeoCon 2015

Great recap of top, sustainable intros at NeoCon 2015!

Kohler Brings Safe Drinking Water to the Masses

Kohler has partnered with a selection of humanitarian aid groups to create Clarity. Take a look:

Utilizing Repurposed Materials

Great video about Nest Home by Missouri University of Science and Technology!

To see full results from the Solar Decathlon, visit

How Sustainable is Your Interior?

Great article about getting through the vast selection of finishes and materials to find the most sustainable options!

Product Finder: Hatch Ceiling Element is Sustainable Sound Absorbing

Semios Studios developed Hatch, a sound-deadening ceiling element that offers sustainable, unique styling that is ideal for any open plan space.

Check it out here: